21 Sep Compact Invests in Urban Canyons ‘Warrior Women’
Compact Media (Compact) today announces its latest investment into original content with Urban Canyons, a UK independent production company that specialises in history, music, arts and travel documentaries. Compact will be providing funding towards Urban Canyon’s upcoming series Warrior Women in return for a share of revenues from future exploitation of the production.
Warrior Women is set to be a 3 x 52 minute drama documentary that uncovers the most skilled, ferocious and iconic women fighters of all time, from 5th century BC until today. Currently being filmed in Malta, Kazakhstan, West Africa, USA, Mongolia, Turkey, France, Austria and the UK, it is being shot in 4K and will deliver in HD and UHD/4K in July 2017. Confirmed Historians include Professors Bettany Hughes and Adrienne Mayor. The new series builds on Urban Canyons’ very successful Japanese series shot previously for Smithsonian Networks, UKTV and ZDF, amongst others.
Along with Compact, the Warrior Women series is also being financially supported by the European MEDIA Creative Fund and the Malta Film Commission. It is being co-produced by US-based Smithsonian Networks and German state broadcaster ZDF.
The investment from Compact represents the group’s latest agreement with an independent production company since launching its production finance initiative last October. The Compact Media initiative will focus on up to 20 production investments in original content over 12 months.
David Johnson, CEO, Compact Media remarked, “This investment represents an exciting opportunity for Compact to deepen our partnership with Urban Canyons. Working together through our AV royalty services, it seemed very fitting for us to get involved with supporting the production of their incredibly high-quality content at this stage. With over 1,400 companies trusting us across our services we look forward to reaching out and seeing how we might help them further with our ability to invest.”
Sebastian Peiter, Managing Director at Urban Canyons commented, “As an existing Compact Media client, the production finance initiative has proven to be a vital source of funding for us as an independent production company. It’s offered us an opportunity to complete a production that we’re very passionate about to the standard we want. Filming for Warrior Women has started recently, so it couldn’t be a better time for Compact to come on board. This deal gives us flexibility, peace of mind and a proactive partnership all in one. Funding television is becoming increasingly complex and Compact’s initiative is such a unique offering for independent production companies, at a time when it is increasingly difficult to create content and remain in control of rights.”
Established in 1996, Compact has achieved consistent growth around the world. An increase in rights-holders selecting the company to represent their catalogues, most notably in North America, has helped it become the world’s number one independent collection agent for retransmission and ancillary rights revenue. This growth has enabled Compact to put together a compelling proposition for gap finance. The investment initiative has been created to be supplemental and not designed to replace existing sources of finance such as distribution advances and co-production.
About Urban Canyons:
Urban Canyons is a PACT registered production and distribution company based in Manchester specialising in arts, youth and history documentaries, founded by ExBBC Director Sebastian Peiter. Its bestseller is the URBANATION travel and music series, which sold to over 20 broadcasters worldwide, and a three part History series on the Samurai.
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